• 1999-10-28
Russia often complains about its waning influence and says it gets no respect from the West. But respect has to be earned, and so far, Moscow is far from worthy.The reaction to Latvia's attempt to charge former Soviet officials with crimes against humanity is a case in point. Russia's ambassador to Latvia called it "a witch hunt" of sick old men.Indeed, two men charged this week are 77 and 85 years old. Mikhails Farbtuhs, in the process of appealing his conviction, is 83.No complaints from Moscow, however, when the subject turns to suspected Nazi war criminals such as Aleksandrs Lileikis i...
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